How to test your blood sugar

To check your blood sugar level, gather your blood glucose meter, a test strip and your lancing device. Watch the video below or follow the steps outlined here.

See how to prepare the meter and test strip, lance your finger and get a reading using the Accu-Chek® Aviva Plus system.

 

The steps are similar for many meters, and generally look like this:

  1. Wash and dry your hands—using warm water may help the blood flow.1
  2. Turn on the meter and prepare a test strip as outlined in your owner's booklet. Many Accu-Chek meters turn on automatically when a strip is inserted.
  3. Choose your spot—don't check from the same finger all the time. Using the side of the fingertip may be less painful than the pads.1
  4. Prepare the lancing device according to the user guide provided, then lance your fingertip or other approved site to get a drop of blood.2
  5. Touch and hold the test strip opening to the drop until it has absorbed enough blood to begin the test.
  6. View your test result and take the proper steps if your blood sugar is high or low, based on your healthcare professionals' recommendations.
  7. Discard the used lancet properly.
  8. Record the results in a logbook, hold them in the meter's memory or download to an app or computer so you can review and analyze them later.

For meter-specific instructions on how to test your blood sugar levels, visit the Accu-Chek Support page for your meter.

1Joslin Diabetes Center. Tips for more pain-free blood glucose monitoring. Available at: https://www.joslin.org/info/tips_for_more_pain_free_blood_glucose_monito.... Accessed March 11, 2016.

2Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.